Digital Storytelling Community of Practice
The University of Minnesota Digital Storytelling Community of Practice will offer a series of information sessions and workshops in 2013-14. This series is available to University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students, free of charge. Registration is required for all events and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 10 for the workshops. Enrollment is not limited for other events. For more information, review the descriptions below.
University of Minnesota Digital Storytelling Community of Practice
Digital stories are narratives about people, places and events and created with multimedia software to incorporate the storyteller's voice, still and/or video images, sounds, and music. Authors of digital stories make sense of the world through inquiry, self-reflection and perspective-taking. Through a process that is out of necessity audience-centered and cooperative, digital storytelling promotes development of the self, civic engagement, deeper engagement with course content, and engagement with technology in more sophisticated ways. There is growing interest in digital storytelling in teaching and learning, and in higher education in general.
A community of practice is a group of people who share a craft, interest or profession, and who share knowledge and experiences that sometimes is not readily available in written form. In addition to sharing resources and knowledge, communities of practice work to make tacit knowledge explicit. Therefore, our goal is not only to create opportunities for faculty, staff and students at the University of Minnesota to learn how to create their own digital stories, but to create opportunities to share knowledge and learn from each other.
- Information sessions provide an introduction to digital storytelling and its relevance for higher education.
- 3-Day Workshop: Create a Digital Story During this intensive workshop, participants will write a script, record a voiceover, and learn how to combine images, voice, music, and text to create a 3 - 5 minute digital story.
- 5-Day Workshop: How to Facilitate the Digital Storytelling Process This workshop is for faculty, staff and students who have already completed a 3-Day Workshop and who are interested in learning how to facilitate digital storytelling workshops and assignments. During the first two days, participants will discuss facilitation strategies and plan their own workshop. During the final three days participants are coached as as they lead a 3-Day Workshop. Please note that a 3-Day Workshop is a prerequisite for the 5-Day Workshop. We suggest that you register for both at the same time.
- A planning session for the Digital Storytelling Community of Practice will take place in September. During this meeting participants will develop ideas for additional events in 2013-14. Participants might form working groups or reading groups, invite presentations focused on topics of interest, or host screenings.
1. August 7 – 9 (Wed. – Fri.), 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
2. August 21 – 23 (Wed. – Fri.), 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
3. January 15 - 17 (Wed. – Fri.), 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
5 Day Workshop
1. August 15,16 (Thurs./Fri.) and August 21 – 23 (Wed. – Fri.), 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
2. January 13 – 17 (Mon. – Fri.), 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day
September 13 (Friday), 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
October 3, 2013 (Thursday), 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
The University of Minnesota Digital Storytelling Community of Practice is an Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) 2013-14 Research/Creative Collaborative, and is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and Educational Technology Services.
Registration is required for all events, and is available on a first-come, first served basis. Enrollment for the 3-Day and 5-Day Workshops is limited to 10, and participation in all days is required. Registration is not limited for information and planning sessions.
Please note: the workshops are now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, complete the registration form. We are still accepting registration for the information and planning sessions.
To register, go to z.umn.edu/dsreg
Additional information about the workshops
Prerequisites: For the 3-Day workshop, video production experience is not necessary, but basic computer skills are required. For the 5-Day Workshop, previous participation in a 3-Day workshop is required.
Equipment: We will provide the necessary hardware and software.
Sustenance: Coffee, tea and pastries are provided for each morning of the workshop.
Lunch will also be provided for each day of the workshop.
For more information
Join our Google Group to receive and share announcements and engage in discussion about topics related to digital storytelling.
For more information about workshops and other events, and the community of practice, contact:
Cristina Lopez, email@example.com
Steve Cisneros, firstname.lastname@example.org